How to Sort Photos by Keyword in Elements

If your photo library is large and scattered across many folders, it would help if they were tagged and had keywords added to make your searches more streamlined and efficient. Rather than trawling through folder after folder, why not tag them with keywords?

From the Home screen, click on the Elements Organiser icon to open the Organiser workspace. We worked in Folder view with the Media tab clicked and all media currently on display. We had some example images of Dartmoor in Devon that we wanted to tag for future reference.

We made a folder called ‘Places’ that contained a number of images but only a few of them were relevant to our particular requirement of moorland photos. The first thing we did was to press the Cmd key and left-click each of the required moorland photos. There were five shots in total.

Now that the images are selected, you can begin to tag them. The first and foremost requirement is to add a place tag. In the taskbar, click on the Add Location button. This calls up the Add a Location dialogue panel. Our shots were taken at a place called Haytor, so we entered ‘Haytor’ in the dialogue panel.

Press enter and the dialog panel will show you possible locations based on the name you entered. We knew ours was in the Dartmoor National Park, so clicked on that option and then the Apply button to add that location data to the five images we had selected.

Now if you look over at the Places Tags section in the Tags panel bin, you will see that location data has been added as a tag, which may consist of several sub categories. If you click the top category, in this case United Kingdom, only the tagged images will now be seen in the browser window.

If you highlight all of the images again, you can add more tags to help you identify the photos at a later date. Under the Image Tags panel, you can add custom keywords; in this case, the keyword ‘Sunrise’ was used. Click Add to include the new keyword.

It is added to the Other category but you can click and drag to any of the other categories; or click the green plus symbol in the top right corner and click on the New Category option in the drop down menu that appears. When you do, the New Category window opens.

In the New Category window, you can choose a colour for your category icon as well as choosing the name you want the new category to be called, in this case ‘Sunlght’. If you wish, you can even select an icon from the choices listed in the category Icon window. Then you can click OK to proceed.

The newly named category is added to the Keywords list. You can drag and drop the its Image Tag into this new folder. If you turn off the Places Tags visibility icon and then click on the new category’s visibility icon, your images will still be displayed in the browser window.

As you can see, we had tagged the photos with a specific Places Tag and also with the new Sunlight category and Sunrise image tags. These various sets of tags mean that if we ever need to find a sunrise photo taken on Haytor, we can just search for those particular criteria and they will be displayed.

Russ Ware

Russ has been testing, reviewing and writing guides for tech since the heady days of Windows 95 and the Sega Saturn. A self-confessed (and proud) geek about all things tech, if it has LED's, a screen, beeps or has source code, Russ will want to master it (and very likely take it apart to see how it works...)

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